Lunchtime driving the A41 - saw a sign for the Carden Arms. Didn't say it was 2 miles - but it was worth it. Sadly only a snack lunch, but a hugely warm welcome, attentive and friendly service and one of the best pork pates I've had in a long time - with real bread and homemade pickles. Driving restricts drinking, but will return to sample the real ales and a wider selection off the menu at another time - but the coffee was good as well. It's the sort of discovery you don't want to find with a restricted timescale which means I will return. A restorative hub of calm and a real local pub.
David T - Exeter
FAB. Lovely friendly staff and great atmosphere. Excellent value for money too. A little "off the beaten track" but well worth going out of your way for. We both had the lamb shank which just melted in your mouth, a great selection of veg too. Good wine selection by the glass and not expensive. Definitely one to go on your "bucket list". A lovely private dining room upstairs too.
Warm and welcoming with wonderful food.
Visited on a "works do" with our team on a beautiful day in October and had a really lovely time. The service was attentive without being intrusive and the attention to detail absolutely impeccable. It's a joy to just sit and take in your surroundings - from the smart exterior with quirky signs to the antiques and comfortable furnishings inside. Real log fires, vintage cutlery and plates and some lovely touches for visiting dogs complete the feeling of relaxation. It is truly a place you can imagine staying all afternoon, playing board games and sampling the extensive range of great tipples behind the bar. We were lucky enough to have a sneak peak into one of the beautiful bedrooms as we often have people visiting us and would like to recommend somewhere local that's personal and "home away from home". Once again the finishing touches were exquisite with antiques and modern fittings used beautifully side by side to create a truly unique atmosphere. Food was great too! We will definitely be back.